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Or maybe you know someone who could do with our help?

Your friend is ours too, whatever breed or size we can help. Harvey's Hounds is fully insured and licenced with years of  experience and qualifications. We can offer a safe enjoyable environment to stimulate all of your furry friends needs, with full 
dog first aid training and DBS checked, we can promise you a safe environment for any length of time.

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
  Good verbal control of your dog is essential, it can really help with day to day life.
You should be fresh and ready during a training session with your dog. If you're not feeling well or are too busy, you might not be able to devote the necessary energy to a training session. Especially if your dog is young, he may be disobedient. If you're in a bad mood, you might end up yelling at your dog, which will turn the training session into a negative experience.

Basic training that will be extremely useful includes: sit, down, stay, and leave. These skills can hep your dog learn to control there impulses, they will become useful in many situations. These new skills can go on to help with further training. All of these basic techniques require you as the owner to be firm with your dog. Offering high value rewards to help encourage good behavior. Repetition and persistence is key. For all of the above techniques choose a command in which you will keep the same through out training. 

Whilst training you will use a lot of treats, it is always best to use small treats. You can also use healthy human foods that are good for dogs, such as pieces of apple, carrot, green beans, or chicken. If the dog you are working with is overweight, you may be able to find a reduced calorie or diet treat, or even use individual pieces of diet dog food.
The sit command can come in use much more frequently than you may think. By teaching such a simple command you can form a bond with your dog, an understanding that shows your dog too listen too you. 
You can use the ‘sit’ command before they get in from the garden or come back from walks, this gives you chance too wipe their paws, saving you time on cleaning. You can also use it to calm your dog down in situations when they get too excited, for example when you have visitors. 
All you need in order to teach the ‘sit’ command you need a packet full of treats and a little bit of patience. 

Firstly Get down to the same level as your dog, this will help to calm your dog and not increase your dogs play drive. 
Hold a treat close to your dogs nose and let your dog’s head follow the treat as you move your hand up. 
As your dogs head moves up, they will naturally lower there back end. Command your dog to ‘sit’ as your dog lowers its back end. 
When your dogs back end touches the floor, give your dog a high value treat 
Repeat this several times a day, in small doses. Dogs can get bored quickly. 

Put the ‘sit’ command into practice in their daily routine to reinforce the action. This command can quite easily save your dogs life.
The down command can be used in different ways. You can use it to encourage your dog off furniture, to stop jumping up people or too lay down flat on the floor. All are fairly basic commands too teach and can be very useful. 
All of the ‘down’ commands can help calm your dog down and put you back in control so they are always good to learn and teach. 
Down - Off furniture 
Sit on a item of furniture you don’t want your dog to jump on.This may be the bed or the sofa.
As your dog jumps up, show them a high value treat and let them smell/lick the treat. 
Get up, off the furniture and point to the floor, using your command ‘down’ and holding the treat down at the floor so your dog can see it. 
As your dog jumps down give them the high value treat or toy as a positive reward, you could also sit with them on the floor and give them attention to reinforce the reward. 
Repeat this several times a day, in small doses. Dogs can get bored quickly.

Down - Jumping up
Dogs naturally jump up on people when they say hello. Why? Because we’re taller than they are.
Firstly don’t shower your dog with attention as soon as you walk through the door. By giving them the attention it gets them excited and plays a major part in them jumping up.
Lower your body to your dogs level. Do not turn away from your dog, this encourages play. By lowering your body your dog won’t feel the need too jump up. 
Ignore your dog if they jump up, and reward your dog for keeping all four paws on the floor. As you reward your dog, use your command. 
Repeat this several times a day, in small doses. Dogs can get bored quickly.

Down - Lay down
Ask your dog to sit.
Hold out a treat tightly between your fingers and let them sniff/lick the treat. 
Lower the treat slowly to the floor so that your dogs nose is pointing down. 
If your dog stands up, tell them to ‘sit’ again. 
As soon as your dogs elbows touch the floor, reward them with the treat and lots of praise. As you reward, use your command word. 
Repeat this several times a day, in small doses. Dogs can get bored quickly.